Lot 277
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Emanuel de Witte

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • Emanuel de Witte
  • A church interior with elements of the Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the epitaph of Cornelis Johannes de Haan to the right
  • signed and dated on the tombstone lower right: E . De . witte (...) f. 1684 and inscribed: Amsterdam
  • oil on canvas


Mevrouw Devigne Godefroy, Ghent, Belgium;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 17 June 1982, lot 38;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 11 January 1996, lot 123;
With Jack Kilgore, New York;
Where purchased by the present collector.


I. Manke, "Nachtraege zum Werkkatalog von Emanuel de Witte," in Pantheon, September-October 1972, vol. XXX, p. 390, reproduced, p. 389;
W. Liedtke, Architectural Painting in Delft:: Gerard Houckgeest, Hendrick van Vliet, Emanuel de Witte, Doornspijk 1982, p. 115, Appendix III, cat. no. 236;
B. Maillet, Intérieurs d'églises: la peinture architecturale des écoles du nord: 1580-1720, Wijnegem 2012, p. 487, cat. no. 1855, reproduced in color.


The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This painting appears to have an English glue lining. The surface is flat and the paint layer is stable. While this work would not have had any significant amount of impasto, it may be slightly smoother than it was originally. This artist is slightly technically looser than some of his contemporaries, but the condition of the paint layer is very good. As one would expect, there is some thinness in the darker colors of the shadowed knave on the left. The varnish throughout shows some scuffs and unevenness. The palette will brighten if the work is cleaned, and the scuffs in the varnish would be eliminated. Small restorations would have to be reapplied, but the end result would be a great improvement.
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